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Kindred Grey (2022). "Union membership as a percentage of total employment (1930-2021)." 1930-1982 data retrieved from https://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=&httpsredir=1&article=1176&context=key_workplace; 1983-2019 data retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/union2.pdf. CC BY 4.0.
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A graph of union membership in the United States. The x-axis shows years from 1930 to 2020 in 10 year increments. The y-axis shows percentage of total employment from 0% to 30% in increments of 5%. The graph begins near 7% in 1930, and increases quickly to almost 30% in the 1950s. The graph then slowly decreases over time, to slightly above 10% in 2015. Two text boxes rest over the graph. One text box points toward the increase between 1930 and 1950 and reads: “Because of widespread dissatisfaction over such issues as wages and fair treatment, union membership grew quickly in the 1930s…” The second text box points toward the decline between 1950 and 2015 and reads: “...but has declined steadily since its peak in the 1950s, largely because of the changing composition of the workforce.”
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